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29 September 1571. Or How Did Modern Painting Actually Begin!

On this day, 449 years ago, the great Italian painter, Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio, was born (d. 1610). His work had an enormous influence on art, changing it forever! And actually marking the beginning of modern painting almost 300 years before its "official start" in 1863 with the exhibition of Edouard Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) in 1863 in Paris!!

Caravaggio loved playing with the excessive contrast between dark and light (later called tenebrism), thus adding compelling, almost obsessive drama to his paintings. But more important - Caravaggio loved playing with the bare, often shocking realms of realism, offering a completely new point of view towards art and its function.

He sought for art techniques stripping off life, not covering it. And that was an actual art revolution. Caravaggio's influence of Baroque style was immense and can be found (directly or indirectly) into the work of artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Rembrandt... Actually, André Berne-Joffroy, the renown 20th century art historian, says: "What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting". 

Ask questions, find answers, and share your thoughts on the history of art by taking part in the one of a kind international scientific conference on arts and humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance" that will take place in Florence, Italy, on 26-28 October, 2020. For more information: www.sgemflorence.org


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